U.S. Senator Jim Risch Tweets today:
— Senator Jim Risch (@SenatorRisch) May 6, 2014
Hang on a tic with me here while I try to figure what Senator Risch is all atwitter about.
Jim Risch’s bill — S. 198 — went nowhere, gaining only 7 cosponsors. Neither a majority of Democrats nor a majority of Republicans followed Senator Risch’s lead to support his bill.
President Barack Obama, on the other hand, did declare Boko Haram a terrorist group, back on November 13, 2013.
So Jim Risch couldn’t pass a bill, and the White House implemented a policy, and Jim Risch is — well, what is he doing, exactly? Is he complaining that the White House was not attentive? That doesn’t make sense; the White House did exactly what Risch’s bill would have called for if it had been passed. Is Risch complaining the White House was not effective? Well, it did better than he did in moving a policy forward. With Risch’s #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, is he suggesting that the White House is responsible for Boko Haram’s kidnapping of Nigerian girls? I think that’s what he’s trying to do, but it doesn’t make sense: the White House designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization in November 2013, six months before Boko Haram’s act.
In what universe does Jim Risch’s vague point — that somehow it’s Barack Obama’s fault that a group of Nigerian thugs kidnapped a group of Nigerian children — make sense?